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Ray Lewis attempts to clarify foolish comments about Tom Brady


Ray Lewis, perhaps becoming aware of the firestorm he created by the questionable and curious comments he made regarding Tom Brady, wisely attempted to backtrack on the arguably ill-advised statements.

Lewis argued earlier this week during a satellite radio interview that Brady, in some respects, would not enjoy the Hall of Fame-worthy legacy he has built during his stellar career had it not been for his role in the infamous “Tuck Rule Game,” a divisional playoff matchup with the Oakland Raiders in 2002.

“When we — the first time we created something called a tuck rule, it’s the only reason we know — I’m just being honest — the only reason we know who Tom Brady is, because of a tuck rule,” Lewis argued on Sirius XM Mad Dog Radio. “There’s no such thing as a tuck rule! If the ball is in your hand, and I knock it out your hand, whether it’s going backwards, forwards, lateral, sideways, however it’s coming out, that’s a freaking fumble.”

“But guess what we created? We created a freaking tuck rule!”

Lewis took to Twitter on Tuesday to clarify his remarks, or at least attempted to do so.

While the quotes noted above were the crux of what caused Lewis all the trouble this week, additional comments he made during the same interview seem to jibe with what he stated on Twitter on Thursday.

“There’s a bunch of rules in our game that does not belong in our game. If I’m the commissioner, I leave the game alone. I tell the people, don’t bring me no rules that don’t make sense in my game.”

“There are so many rules in this game that is a very simple game. My argument: If you want to make this game and keep this game pure so where integrity drives this game, leave all these man-made lawyer rules out of the game.

Brady, to his credit, took the high road when asked for his reaction to Lewis’ comments. In light of the NFL analyst’s attempts at clarification, not to mention his praise for Brady, this sideshow has in all likelihood been resolved and settled heading into Conference Championship Weekend.

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